להתהלך
 
You might know that “to walk” in Hebrew is לָלֶכֶת (lah-LEH-khet) – you certainly know this if you’ve taken any course with Ulpan La-Inyan.
 
It’s a special thing to do to travel in Israel, especially during Passover and Sukkot, when the whole country is out traveling. It’s almost a Mitzvah. It’s even written in the Bible: G-d tells Abraham to get up and wander in the land – קוּם הִתְהֲלֵךְ בָּאָרֶץ (koom heet-hah-LEKH bah-AH-rets).
 
So that’s what I did today… with the boys:
 
עמי עם תלמדים בפסח
Me (left) and my Passover students of Hebrew and English/
teachers of Amharic/hiking partners:
Yayou-Yair (middle) and Daraba-David (right)

We went to Nahal HaKibbutzim. Google it to find out more.


Now, for the song that sums up this little piece of Hebrew. This one fills me with pride and joy for the Homeland (הַמּוֹלֶדֶת – hah-moh-LEH-det). Listen for the word הִתְהֲלֵך, and repeat it once you do (can’t see the video?):
 
 

2 Comments

  • nice, makes me, too, want to put on my hiking shoes. although… there is this hammock shown towards the end of the video. i’m not really firm in this field, but isn’t it a “mitzvah”, too, to swing in hammocks? on holidays at least? so if this one excists, it would be one of my favourites. definitely.
    daktari

    Anonymous Reply
  • Haven’t heard of such a mitzvah… in fact, breaking a tree branch is considered a labor on Shabbat and holidays, and hanging on a hammock runs such a risk… but it sounds awesome.

    Ami Steinberger Reply

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